Singapore – DD5

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First Trip To Singapore

The Inn On Temple StreetDom talks a bit about his and Tracy’s first trip to Singapore ten (10) years ago.  He talks about the place they stayed, which was The Inn on Temple Street, and talks a little bit about what the rooms were like.

 

ChinatownNext he talks about Chinatown, and what the market is like. He talks about the shops and the restaurants and the place Tracy took him for his first Singaporean coffee called kopi su su, which was a very sweet and creamy coffee.

 

Dom also talks about the tattoo parlour that he and Tracy went to, to get their tattoo of double happiness on the base of their necks on their backs, and how they talked to one of the new tattoo artists there.

 

This Trip

Dom talks this trip to Singapore.  Talks about the hotel they stay at, what the room is like, and what the view is like.  He also talks about finding out how to get to Chinatown from the hotel by talking to the desk clerk.  They walk from the hotel to Chinatown and find a place to eat, which happens to be the same place Tracy introduced Dom to Singaporean coffee.  Tracy is excited, because when she lived in Singapore and when her and Dom visited before, she was a vegetarian, and now she gets to try all kinds of other Singaporean food that she couldn’t eat before.  The first night, they have beef with noodles and prawn (shrimp) with noodles and egg rolls.  While they are there, they see people eating crab, and Tracy had never had crab before, so they decide that they will go back the second night have try it.  The second night, they have crab legs in black pepper sauce, and Tracy loved crab.

 

For their first full day, they wonder up South Bridge Road and North Bridge Road and check out a few shopping centers that they see.  In one of the shopping centers, they see a board game called Samurai, which they don’t buy then, but they do buy the next day.  At about lunch, they are in their third shopping center and they find a good food center and have a very good lunch.  After lunch, they go to a book shop called MPH and buy a couple of books.

 

For their second full day, they go to Orchard Road and wonder the shopping centers there, finishing up at the shopping center that had the board game Samurai and they buy that and head back to the hotel.  For dinner, they have murtabak for dinner, going for one vegetable and one chicken, and both are delicious.

 

For their third and final full day in Singapore, they go swimming at the hotel and also go to a temple that has a Buddha tooth relic, and Dom describes that.

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Living In Bangkok – DD2

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International Flight

dom_dumais01Dom's PassportWhat it was like flying internationally for the first time.  Dom flew Baltimore/Washington International to JFK International to Ted Stevens Anchorage International to Taoyuan, Taiwan International, Don Mueang, Bangkok International, and how long it took to get to Bangkok.  He goes on to talk about going through immigration and customs to get to Tracy and what it was like to see Tracy for the first time.

 

Language, Food and Getting Around Bangkok

What his first meal was like and how hot it was (hotter than anything he had ever had).  He and Tracy go and buy a stereo.  Dom goes out and buys a TV and has some keys cut.  Dom talks about the trouble he has getting a taxi to take him home because of the language barrier.  Some of the modes of public transportation in Bangkok are taxis, BTS, MRT, motorcycle taxis, tuk tuks and songthaews.

 

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Shopping Centers, Markets and Getting Conned

Some of the places to do some shopping in Bangkok are Siam Discovery, Siam Center, Central World, MBK, and Central Chidlom.  Dom also talks about the time he was conned, and how he felt about it at the time.

 

Some of the markets that you can go to in Bangkok are the Night Bazaar, Khaosan Road and Chatuchak Weekend Market.

 

CELTA and Teaching

After a short time, Dom gets on a Certified English Language Teacher to Adults (CELTA) and talks about what it was like for him and how he fell in love with teaching.  Once he finishes his course, he starts teaching a general English course.  He eventually does the Certified English Language Teacher to Young Learners (CELTYL).  He also does a young learner course and starts teaching teens, and eventually starts teaching in a school.  He also teaches business English classes for two different companies, one of which sends him quite far out of Bangkok.

 

Eventually, Dom becomes a manager for the main company that he works for, hiring teachers and putting them into schools.  He talks about his troubles hiring teachers and what it was like for him putting teachers into schools and managing those teachers.

 

In the end, Dom decides he doesn’t want to do this job any more, and finds another job as a kindergarten teacher, which he does for about a month before moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

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